19th Century Maps, American Maps, Engraving, Maps

The Tourist’s Guide Pocket Map

The Tourist's Guide through the States of Maryland, Delaware and Parts of Pennsylvania & Virginia, with the Routes to their Springs, &c. By Fielding Lucas, Jr. Engraving, 1836. Image zie 13 7/8 x 19 5/8" (498 x 353 mm) plus margins.  LINK.

The Tourist’s Guide through the States of Maryland, Delaware and Parts of Pennsylvania & Virginia, with the Routes to their Springs, &c. By Fielding Lucas, Jr. Engraving, 1836. Image size 13 7/8 x 19 5/8″ (498 x 353 mm) plus margins. LINK.

New to the OPG inventory is a rare travelers pocket guide map of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware & the Chesapeake Region, by Fielding Lucas, Jr. This well delineated early 19th century map depicts the early roads (main and common), canals, and the railroads, which at the time of publishing were a new mode of transportation. The rail lines on this map are outlined in red, and include the route from Richmond to Fredericksburg, Washington to Baltimore, with a branch to Annapolis, and Baltimore to the western mining regions of Winchester and Cumberland. A table of distances from Baltimore to various cities and springs is shown in the upper right and central left.

Fielding Lucas Jr. was most active prior to 1825. He published his New & Elegant Atlas and contributed to the maps of Carey & Lea. Lucas issued very few pocket maps and most are very rare, especially those issued after 1830.

This particular map is bound into the original gold embossed covers with the title “Map of Maryland and Part of Virginia &c.”

To see other pocket maps available  at The Old Print Gallery, we invite you to visit our website. 

18th Century Maps, Copperplate, Engraving, Maps

A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia

81224A Map of the Most Inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole Province of Maryland with Part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. Drawn by Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson in 1775. Printed for Robt. Sayer at No. 53 in Fleet Street. Copper plate engraving, 1775, c.1777. Four-sheet map, joined into two sheets. Overall, if joined, 31 x 48 1/4″ plus margins.

This important map of Virginia was commissioned by the English Lords of Trade, who in 1750 required each colony to conduct a comprehensive survey. At the time, the British were facing encroachment on the Virginia frontier by the French. This prompted the need for a more detailed  examination of British lands and holdings. Joshua Fry, a mathematician, and Peter Jefferson, a surveyor and father of Thomas Jefferson, were appointed to execute the commission. The resulting map is highly detailed,with labelled roads, ferry crossings, and settlements. This map was also the first map to depict the general configuration of the Appalachian and Allegheny mountain ranges.

81224 cartouch detailThe details in this map are extensive,  shedding light on the state of trade and development in 18th century Virginia. The map’s cartouche depicts a scene from the Virginia tobacco trade, in which a tobacco planter negotiates with a ship’s captain, while slaves attend and work on the dock-side of what is clearly a busy and prosperous harbor.  In the background, inventory is being checked and accounted for. The cartouche nods to Virginia’s economic dependence on the popular cash-crop, as well as slavery.

81224 map detailBy identifying the major rivers in the Chesapeake area, along with their tentacle-like tributaries which reached far into the heartland of the State, it was made clear that goods could be transported to the major ports and harbors quickly and inexpensively, rather than by more costly overland routes. The chart of distances between towns and settlements was also added for this reason- proving travel information crucial to prospective business and land owners.

81224 rivers roadsThe map was first issued in 1751. Other editions were done in 1755, onward through 1794. This particular map is an unusual, and apparently unrecorded, variant state between the six and seventh states. The sixth state has the 1775 date in the title and Robert Sayer and Tho. Jefferys imprint. The seventh state is noted with an imprint of Sayer & Bennett. This example only notes, “Printed for Robt. Sayer at No. 53 in Fleet Street.” The reference for Jefferys has been burnished out.

The map is in good condition. It has original outline color and early twentieth-century coloring on the cartouche. To purchase it, please visit our website or our Georgetown gallery.

(Click on images above for larger, more detailed views of the map.)

Gallery Updates, Maps, OPG Showcase, Prints

2013 May Showcase

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The Old Print Gallery SHOWCASE
May 2013

The Old Print Gallery Showcase, May 2013 edition, was published early this month. We have sent it to everyone on our mailing list, and they should expect to see it in their mailboxes within the week. We are very excited to be publishing our third catalog,  and more importantly, very excited to give our collectors a glimpse into our inventory.

In this May edition, we cover a lot of territory. We give our readers a peak into our current ROSS/ROMANO show with several colorful collagraphs by the printmaking duo, John Ross and Clare Romano. We also highlight maps of the Chesapeake Bay, including a scarce, large scale sea chart by noted 19th century Baltimore publisher Fielding Lucas, Jr. Flip through our antique print selection and see several furry friends- prints of kittens and dogs pop up on pages 8 and 9. The last ten pages are a sampling of some new (to us) prints by contemporary and early 20th century printmakers- landscapes, still lifes, architectural details, and joyful and hushed moments offer an exquisite and varied selection for our collectors to peruse.

The May Showcase is available online- you can read it, download it, or email it to fellow art collectors and friends.  See it here.

You can also email us with your mailing information, and we will add you to our list so you receive a hard copy of the next issue. Email us at info@oldprintgallery.com.

The prints in the showcase are all online, and can be purchased over the phone at (202) 965-1818 or in person in our Georgetown DC shop. We are open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 5:20 PM.